TUCSON, Ariz. – “Conquering Arthritis ... Meet the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Researchers” will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6-7:15 p.m., at the Health Sciences Innovation Building on the UArizona Health Science campus, 1670 E. Drachman St., Tucson.
This unique event features a look into the future of care, prevention, and ultimately a cure, for this debilitating disease. A panel discussion with UArizona Arthritis Center Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD, pain management specialist Mohab Ibrahim, PhD, MD, and mind-body medicine pioneer Esther Sternberg, MD, will follow the researcher open house and poster displays.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate nearly 55 million Americans have some form of arthritis, including almost half of those over age 65. Arthritis affects more women than men and can affect children as young as 6 months old. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
The UArizona Arthritis Center is Arizona’s only multi-disciplinary center of excellence dedicated to research and education into the causes, treatments and eventually a cure for arthritis. The center conducts basic, translational and epidemiological research to understand why patients get arthritis, the risk factors for who gets arthritis and analyzes the outcomes to understand how arthritis impacts the patient’s quality of life.
Featured UArizona Arthritis Center researchers who will present at the event include:
- Erin Ashbeck, MPH, MS, assistant scientific investigator, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Population Health Program, UArizona Arthritis Center
- Jawad Bilal, MBBS, rheumatology fellow, Department of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- Michael P. Dohm, MD, FAAOS, ABOS, assistant professor, orthopaedic surgery, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- Mohab M. Ibrahim, PhD, MD, director, Chronic Pain Management Clinic, Banner – University Medical Center; program director, Pain Medicine Fellowship, and associate professor, anesthesiology and pharmacology, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- Ansab Khwaja, MD, resident, orthopaedic surgery, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director, UArizona Arthritis Center; The Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology; chief, Division of Rheumatology, and professor of medicine and medical imaging, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- Zong-Ming Li, PhD, associate director, UArizona Arthritis Center; William and Sylvia Rubin Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Research; professor, orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering; vice chair for research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; director, Robert G. Volz, MD, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory; director, Hand Research Laboratory
- Alexander Peck, MD, resident, Department of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- Hani Rashid, DO, rheumatology fellow, Department of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- J. Ray Runyon, PhD, research assistant professor, UArizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
- Esther Sternberg, MD, research director, UArizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; director, UArizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance; Andrew Weil Inaugural Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine
- Michelle M. Son, MD, resident, orthopaedic surgery, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- John Szivek, PhD, professor, orthopaedic surgery, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson; professor, biomedical engineering, UArizona College of Engineering; UArizona BIO5 Institute; senior scientist, UArizona Arthritis Center; adjunct professor, aerospace and mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering
- Michel Villatoro Villar, MD, rheumatology fellow, Department of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- Ernest Vina, MD, MS, assistant professor, rheumatology, Department of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- Hsin-Jung Joyce Wu, PhD, associate professor, immunobiology, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Research topics will include:
- How do we regrow bone and cartilage?
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem-cell therapies for osteoarthritis
- What sweat can tell us about health, well-being and human performance
- Attitudes and beliefs about opioid use in osteoarthritis
- Novel non-pharmacological methods to manage chronic pain
- MRI techniques to identify knee osteoarthritis before it develops
- Innovative strategies for carpal tunnel syndrome
- Insights from large-scale studies on knee osteoarthritis progression
Seating for the lecture is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UArizona Arthritis Center website, arthritis.arizona.edu, or call 520-626-5040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Lot Specific 2012 parking lot next to the Health Sciences Innovation Building and the Lot Specific 2147 parking lot across the street on Cherry Avenue between Helen and Mabel Streets, as well as in all Lot Specific parking lots on the UArizona Health Sciences campus and the Health Sciences Garage (formerly the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage) at 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For disabled parking, or drop off location next to the Health Sciences Innovation Building, please email email@example.com, or call 520-626-5040.
If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 520-626-5040, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the UArizona Arthritis Center at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.
About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center
The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, please visit arthritis.arizona.edu